The 21st century is indeed an era of Knowledge. Human wisdom and knowledge has become transnational and is being transferred globally in an unprecedented way by dint of amazing process of science and technology. The world has almost become a ‘Global Village’. Human mind is being explored and exploited to its fullest in the domains of knowledge and learning world over. When India is going to be a global leader and a torch-bearer to the world in days to come, it is expected that every citizen of India is able to take initiatives on his own and is aptly equipped with rich and noble values of our glorious cultural and historical heritage.
This global image of Gujarat follows our practices in science, technology, research, education, trade and commerce, proper administration and our traditions. In the light of this scenario that the Higher Education of State emphasizes new policies and action plans to infuse and instill within the youth of Gujarat the spirit of global competition and to encourage them to display their talents to meet challenges of the newer changing order of the world.
Swarnim Gujarat Mission for Excellence coincides with Gujarat celebrating its 50th years since the establishment of the state. The Government plans to launch Swarnim Gujarat Mission for Excellence to celebrate this milestone. By 2010, the State proposes to induce renewed spirit and to introduce newer action plans encompassing all walks of life for the betterment of the society by.
Under the auspices of Mission for Excellence, the colleges and universities across Gujarat will have to focus various areas of education, art and knowledge for the manifold progress of the youth. These areas of focus are known as Band/Cluster/Spectrum/Continuum/Symphony of Activities(Dharas):
Every institution has to form committees for each of the above activities. Following programmes and activities have to be carried out in accordance with the above mentioned clusters:
The ultimate aim of this mission is to make our students enable to experience the joy of aesthetic pleasure and to learn from our great traditions of knowledge by way of taking up activities of Sapta Dhara. We have to create such an ambience that students find it easier to explore the beauty of knowledge and existence through the path of wisdom and various forms of arts. We hope that such a mission will ensure that along with higher education, our students will also attain higher goals with multisided development. In order to accomplish this noble goal, we hope to have complete and constructive cooperation from principals, teachers and students who are, in fact, our real human resources.
The main function of the MMI is TO PLAN, IMPLEMENT, MONITOR AND REGULATE all State Government initiatives in an efficient and effective manner. To achieve this, an in-depth analysis, a mechanism to have constant feedback and most importantly to benefit students, who are the end target of all schemes, has to be resorted to.
There are nearly 900 colleges and for smooth functioning of the saptdhara progrmme they are divided in to certain catogeries such as clusters, districts and zones. One cluster consists of five colleges and there are about 180 clusters. A group of 5 clusters constitutes one district and there are about 36 districts. These districts are devided in to five zones of the state such as East, West, North, South, and central.
Saptshara activities are carried first at college level and the students which are selected at this level participate at cluster level and the same way students selected at cluster level participate at district level. And students selected at district level participate at zonal level and then finally a state level event takes place. The winners at this level are felicitated with certificates and medals.
We hope that such a mission of saptdhara will ensure that along with higher education, our students will also attain higher goals with multisided development. The intention of saptdhara is a mass and maximum participation of students and not only competition.
A fifteen week programmed manual for various activities of each dhara has been designed and sent to all colleges of Gujarat state. Each student of the college has to participate at least in one of the dharas. In the academic year 2009-10 a competitive programme was held at college, district, zone and state level successfully. State leval activities were held during 27th Janjary to 30th January at Vallabhvidyanagar, Anand, in which nearly 1300 students participated. This will be followed every year. A set consists of ten DVDs has been prepared and sent to all colleges of the state which not only describes glory of Gujarat but also serves as tutorials and guide to learn about singing, dancing and acting.
The academic year 2010-11 is the second year of the implementation of Saptdhara activities. Last year yielded about 50% success as out of around 900 colleges almost 400 colleges participated in Saptdhara activities. In the current year, Sapthdara activities at the college level and cluster level are already completed.
By the end of the month January 2011 activities at district level, zonal level and state level will be completed.
At present only Granted and Grant - in –Aid colleges are actively participating for Saptdhara activities. The response of self financed colleges is extremely poor. We will put efforts in the coming year to see that all colleges of the state participate.
Moreover we have prepared a manual in the form of DVDs with well depicted modular templates for each ‘Dhara’. Trough this, we suggest minimum activities for each ‘Dhara’ to be carried by all colleges. This would encourage mass participation of students.